Someone great once said, “Take criticism, smash it into dust, add color and use it to paint breathtaking images of unicorns frolicking through endless fields of greatness.” Teenagers are terrifying and dangerous creatures. We are reckless and scary and we tend to break things (i.e. vases, rules, hearts). We’re “young adults”, and we’re forced to learn and to apply for colleges and pay for our own meals. Sometimes we even have to dress ourselves. It really is a big world out there, and sometimes, we get lost in it. There are days when school is tough and our test scores are failing and it seems like that studying you did until three in the morning never paid off. Maybe that biology test kicked your butt and your grades seem to disagree with you. Perhaps you put your shoes on backwards and got that rejection letter.
On top of our daily struggles we have teachers and parents breathing down our necks encouraging us and slightly pushing us over the edge, praying we take AP Psych more seriously. That D you brought home? Oh we won’t talk about it. Tomorrow you’ll just try harder. We have our mornings when we drag ourselves out of our cocoon of warmth, and if you put on pants today, I’m proud of you. Then, we deal with surprise English tests we weren’t aware of and by the end of the day, we are cold, hungry and drained.
You see, it’s not hard to come up with all of the different scenarios we deal with on a daily basis. It’s easy to lose interest in the world around you because you’ve got that essay that’s due tomorrow and two-dozen math problems that must be completed in thirty minutes. I bet you didn’t know that outside your window there were unicorns frolicking in an endless field of greatness. I assure you they’re there. Look up and see. I promise your textbook will be right where you left it.
(In case “someone great” didn’t ring any bells, I introduce you to Matthew Gray Gubler.)